How To Make A Plastic Chair Comfortable

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Chairs made of plastic are functional and cheap, but they are not very comfortable. In most events, sitting for extended periods on a plastic chair is the most uncomfortable thing you can do. There’s good news, though. Increasing your plastic chair’s comfortability without upgrading it requires understanding how to make a plastic chair comfortable. 

As a general rule, there are four primary methods for increasing the comfort of a plastic chair: adding a wedge, placing a footrest, sleeping on a lumbar support cushion, and even practicing better posture. 

These tips will make plastic chairs more comfortable and lower your risk of back pain dramatically.

Plastic chairs can be made more comfortable in a number of ways. In my experience as a designer of many chairs and seat cushions (and as a doctor who treats people with back pain! ), I will explain all the details you need to know to make any chair more comfortable.

How to Make a Plastic Chair Comfortable (3 Methods) 

Believe it or not, it’s possible to make a plastic chair a lot more comfortable. To achieve this, consider becoming knowledgeable on the below:

Seat Cushion

man sitting on a natural latex seat cushion for back pain

Seat wedges are a common method of improving the comfort of any chair. An ergonomic seat wedge aligns your body into a more comfortable position on the chair by providing a triangular-shaped cushion. It is very common to see people with back pain choosing a seat wedge. 

When you sit on a wedge, your pelvis naturally moves forward, which improves your posture by encouraging your back to be upright. Furthermore, it provides much more comfortable working conditions as it actively engages your core and reduces pressure on your back and hips. For people who spend most of their time sitting, seat wedges are incredibly useful. 

Place the cushion on top of the chair, inlining it down towards the front, and you will notice that you are sitting much more upright. 

Footrest 

wooden foot rest

In addition to ergonomic footrests, any footrest is a popular choice to improve chair comfort. Let’s look at how they work first in order to better understand their benefits. Essentially, a footrest is a short panel you place on the floor or under your desk to prevent your feet from touching the floor. 

Your feetrests align posture while also actively engaging your joints and muscles rather than allowing them to fall limp. They make having good posture much easier, and they’re a great option for people who don’t have adequate contact with the floor when seated.

 

Besides improving circulation and blood flow, footrests have numerous other advantages. In addition to causing stiffness and blood clotting, poor circulation is among the leading causes of discomfort when sitting. A footrest allows you to move more frequently when you are sitting in a static position for a long time. 

Lumbar Support Cushion  

One of the biggest causes of pain and discomfort in plastic chairs is the lack of proper support for the lumbar. The lumbar region is your lower back, and lumbar strength is vital to a healthy spine. Adding a lumbar support cushion to your plastic chair will make it loads more comfortable as you won’t be putting all of your weight on your upper back, thighs, and buttocks

Sitting with inadequate lumbar support on any chair can lead to both short and long-term discomfort. If you sit in the chair all day, doubtless, you’ll eventually become uncomfortable. While getting up and moving around is still necessary to maintain proper posture, a lumbar support cushion is invaluable. It will also improve your circulation, as, again, there isn’t too much strain being put on a few points. A lumbar support cushion actively engages your muscles and joints. 

Why Is It Important to Have a Comfortable plastic Chair? 

Now that you know how you can make plastic chairs more comfortable, let’s examine the rewards of achieving this:

  • Boosts comfort – According to study after study, most people who spend long hours sitting down, especially for their jobs, experience significant discomfort from their chairs. A plastic chair is undoubtedly worse, as they are simply not as comfortable. By improving your plastic chair’s comfort with any of the methods mentioned above, you will feel better.
  • Improve productivity – It won’t be surprising to hear that those same studies also found that a more comfortable chair means a more productive work environment. The discomfort you are experiencing can be a powerful distraction and can interfere with your ability to work well. It is especially important to be aware of this with plastic chairs since they tend to be more difficult to get comfortable in.

 

You may experience pain in different ways while sitting in different chairs, so try and pinpoint what part of the chair is giving you the problem. If you follow these tips, you will find that your productivity will increase dramatically. It will be easy for you to get through your work without any discomfort, and you may even be able to finish earlier! 

At the end of the day, sitting in uncomfortable plastic chairs prevents us from reaching our full potential. 

  • It improves posture and reduces back pain – Poor posture and uncomfortable chairs cause both short-term and long-term problems. As a rule of thumb, different chairs are designed for different uses, and plastic chairs aren’t generally designed to be sat in for six, seven, or even eight hours straight. Most people who sit in plastic chairs get caught up in whatever they’re doing while they’re sitting and neglect proper posture. The long-term effects of plastic chairs and poor posture are increased pain and discomfort. 

Pain and discomfort are primarily caused by incorrect posture. We have suggested a number of items above that can assist with your posture; one of the best options being lumbar support cushions. In either case, bad posture is putting too much pressure on one area or misaligning your spine, which results in discomfort. It may seem odd to practice good posture at first, and even be uncomfortable, but you will notice countless benefits in the long run. 

Takeaway

It is generally uncomfortable to sit on plastic chairs for long periods of time for most events, despite them being cheap and practical. However, there’s good news! If you don’t want to upgrade your plastic chair, but want to increase its comfortability, then all you need is some knowledge about how to make a plastic chair more comfortable, such as adding an orthopedic seat cushion.

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

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My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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